The Albino´s Trees

Yuku ist ein Jäger, der für das Tierschutzprogramm in der Bergen von Zentraljapan arbeitet. Um die Krankenhausrechnungen für seine Mutter bezahlen zu können, nimmt er einen gut bezahlten Auftrag an, bei dem er einen seltenen weißen Hirsch in der Nähe eines abgelegenen Dorfes erlegen soll. Die Beamten befürchten, dass die Gegenwart dieses Hirsches Touristen verjagt.
Sobald er in dem abgelegenen Dorf ankommt, weiß er, dass der Hirsch in dem abgeschiedenen
Dorf, isoliert vom Rest der japanischen Gesellschaft, wie ein Gott verehrt wird. Yuku sieht seinen Auftrag mit neuen Augen an, lernt die Einwohner des Dorfes besser kennen, ihre Emotionen und ihr Selbstverständnis als Außenseiter.

Yuku is a hunter who works for animal damage control programmes in the mountains of central Japan. In order to afford the medical bills for the treatment of his mother’s illness, he accepts a lucrative contract to kill a rare, white deer that lives in the forest by a remote village, and whose presence is thought to undermine tourism in the region by the neighbouring town’s bureaucrats. As he ventures into the village, however, he discovers that the animal is venerated as a god by the local community, which lives in a state of semi-isolation from the rest of society. While assessing his ethical responsibilities in undertaking such a task, he gets closer to inhabitants of the village, facing their conflicting emotions as to whether they should keep living as “outsiders”.

Director Biography:
Masakazu Kaneko was born in Tokyo in 1978. In
2000, he graduated at Aoyama Gakuin University in International Politics, Economics and Communication.
During university, he began making short films on 8mm and 16mm. After graduation, he studied at The Film School of Tokyo with Takahisa Zeze, director of Heaven’s Story (FIPRESCI Prize at the 61st Berlin International
Film Festival).
His proposal was selected by the school for a scholarship towards his graduation project. The result was his debut film “Sumire Ningyo”, which was officially screened at Japan-Filmfest Hamburg in Germany.
Since then, he has directed six short films. The Albino’s Trees is his second feature film (first professional feature film).

Japan 2017 | Länge: 86 Minuten | Japanisch, engl. UT
Regie: Masakazu Kaneko
Darsteller: Ryohei Matsuoka, Kanako Higashi,
Yusuke Fukuchi
Nominiert für den Indie Award (bester abendfüllender
Spielfilm)

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